Western Depictions of Crime and Punishment in Late Imperial China

Recently, we have digitized a collection of 51 images on crime and punishment in late Imperial China, gleaned from the 19th century Westerners’ China travelogues housed at the Department of Special Collections of the MSE Library. Chinese tortures, prisons and punishments had been constant themes of Western sinological attention for well over four centuries. Accounts […]


Western Astronomy in China: Four Hundred Years Ago

Recently, a very rare Chinese book was discovered at the Peabody Library. Hun Gai Tong Xian Tu Shuo (Illustrated Explanation of Cosmological Patterns) was published in 1607 and written by Zhizao Li (1565-1630), a prominent mathematician and astronomer in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Li was a student of Matteo Ricci, the famed Italian Jesuit missionary to China. Ricci fascinated and […]


Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

May was first designated as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Week in 1978 when Congress passed Public Law 95-419, initiating the annual celebration.  It is a month to commemorate generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have contributed to build a dynamic and diversified American society and culture. It is also not without reason the month of May was chosen. […]


Get the Answer, Get a T-Shirt!— Continued

Back by popular demand! Our previous T-shirt question received fast and enthusiastic responses. We would like to continue this series by inviting  you to conduct a fact-finding mission on money and politics. In CQ Moneyline, can you locate the top 3 organizations that privately sponsored travel for congressional members during the 111th Congress (2009-2010)? We offer […]


Get the Answer, Get a T-Shirt!

Do you know that our library subscribes to over 800 academic databases? They include databases in humanities, social sciences, sciences, engineering and medicine, all for your research needs. Make full use of them! We encourage you to explore databases you  have not used before or are not aware of. To get you started, we’re offering an open access T-shirt […]


Remembering Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.

We all know Martin Luther King’s famous speech, “I Have a Dream,” delivered on August 28, 1963 in front of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. However, a few years earlier in December 1956, as a young preacher and an avid civil rights activist, King made a lesser known but equally […]


Review Articles and Research Articles

In a previous blog post, we talked about where to start a literature review. Review articles are good places to get a basic understanding about a topic or subject area. It is helpful to make the distinction between review articles and research articles. When scholars and researchers release their work to the public, they usually publish […]


Where to start a literature review?

A literature review is a synthesis of existing research on a particular topic or in a particular field. Before you start a research paper, it is beneficial to begin with a literature review. Good literature review articles offer the reader an up-to-date understanding of the current status of research and reveal to the reader what knowledge and ideas […]


New: Digital Shenbao

MSE library recently acquired digitized Shenbao collection, a prominent primary source for China Studies. Shenbao is one of the first modern Chinese newspapers. It is the most influential and longest lasting commercial newspaper of pre-1949 China and was established by British businessman Ernest Major in 1872. 256,000 issues were published during its 78 years of […]


New: Ethnographic Video Online

We recently purchased Ethnographic Video Online, which is a large collection of online ethnographic films and documentaries. Currently it contains about 300 videos and will grow to 1,000 videos at its completion. The collection is global in scope, and particularly strong in footage of the developing world, including footage from all continents and hundreds of […]